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New York University Archives: Citing Archival Material

This guide will acquaint you with the resources available at the New York University Archives; inform you how to conduct research using these resources.

How to Cite Materials from Archives

Citing material from an archive is different from citing published works. Be sure to make note of information such as collection names, call numbers, box numbers, and folder titles while you are doing research. Our citation format aligns most closely with Chicago Style, but professors may have their own preference. 

Published footnote citations for University Archives collection material should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Collection name; Record Group or Manuscript Collection #; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

 

Some specific citation examples for materials that do not have finding aids:

Yearbooks

New York University. 1917 Commerce Violet Yearbook. New York: Class of 1917. New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Course Bulletins

"New York University School of Law: Announcement for the One Hundred and Fifteenth Session, 1949-1950." Washington Square, New York: New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Promotional Materials

"New York University School of Education announces 1965 Summer Institute in Teaching as a Second Language" flyer, 1965; RG 26.2; Series 4; Box 1; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Subject Files

New York University News Bureau press release, May 10, 1974; Athletics, Baseball subject file; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

 

Other resources to help you cite material:

Chicago Style (Northern Michigan University)

Primary Sources in Archives & Special Collections: Citing Archival Sources (Purdue University)